Open Thread: 90 years ago, Babe Ruth became a Yankee


The deal wasn’t announced until January 1920, but it was 90 years ago today, December 26, 1919, when the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000. If you want to read up on the occasion, Mark Newman at writes about the trade’s circumstances.

We conclude the day with an Open Thread. Things should pick up a bit tomorrow, hopefully. Maybe we’ll talk about something other than left field.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Matt says:

    Let’s Go Isles!!!!!

  2. Charles Nicolais says:

    Lets Go Rangers!

  3. Jeff Levy says:

    Anybody think the trade of Melky will have a negative effect on Cano? I think it will definitely be a wake up call for Cano.

  4. Jeff Levy says:

    What kind of money would Babe Ruth be making if he played in the majors right now? Its utterly amazing to see he had OBPs consistently over .400 and often times close to or over .500. His ISO was also in the .300s and .400s.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      Dude was a nasty beast.

    • Januz says:

      The most remarkable thing about Ruth was not his stats (Which are mind boggling), or how dominating his pitching was (Before he shifted to Right field), but after his death more than 60 years ago, how this man lives on. Jim Brown, Bill Russell, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretsky, yes even Michael Jordan, icons all, of a much more recent vintage, just do not get the discussion that Babe Ruth does. Babe Ruth (Unlike Rock & Roll) will never die.

      • A fan says:

        Hold on, since when was rock & roll dead?

        • Januz says:

          When they put ABBA in the Rock * Roll Hall Of Fame, any HOPE for rock died. Can anyone put ABBA in the same place as Zeppelin, Van Halen or Metalica? Stuff like “Dancing Queen” SUCKS and even the WORST Led Zep material such as “Coda” beats ANYTHING ever done by ABBA.

          • A fan says:

            I LIKE ABBA, but I agree that it’s not rock n’ roll.

            Just because voters for the HOF are stupid doesn’t mean rock is dead. See: Cooperstown, New York.

            I like Daughtry a lot and I enjoyed the new Eagles album, and bands like Journey and ACDC are still making the rounds. Rock is far from dead.

            • Januz says:

              Daughtry is new but that is the exception. Groups like The Eagles, ACDC and Journey that you mentioned (Plus Springsteen The Who, Stones etc) are groups from the SIXTIES or SEVENTIES. No new supergroups like Guns N Roses or even Megadeth are on the horizon (Green Day or 10,000 Maniacs do not cut it).
              I could even justify electing 50 Cent to the Hall Of Fame (At least he has attitude). Who is next? Brittney Spears, Celine Dion or Barry Manalow?

              • Ya’ll are talking about cool rock bands, and you mention……Daughtry? Daughtry? Cool bands? Did I slip into an alternate universe again, where Daughtry is cool?

                • Doug says:

                  yeah seriously guys wtf

                  I mean Daughtry basically aspires to be Nickelback. Reflect on that for a moment.

                • I think you’re all being a bit silly on this one. There’s good quality music of every era, of every decade, of every year. Similarly, there is shit music that often “overcomes” its natural state due to marketing and the audience of the time.

                  The question is sifting through the shit and finding music with depth. That’s why I listen to Justin Bieber and Ke$ha.

                  Besides, who gives a shit what the Rock ‘n Roll HoF thinks?

  5. Mike says:

    Why the reference to a “trade” in the article? It was a sale, as no other players were involved.

  6. Januz says:

    The selling of Babe Ruth was and still remains a huge story, because it was the launching pad for the greatest rivalry in American Professional Sports History (There are some people who would choose college rivalries like Duke/North Carolina or Ohio State/Michigan number one, but as far as the pros are concerned, this one is number one and it is not even close).
    The curse may be lifted, but these teams still despise each other, and that will never change. Even the Players Association Lawyer Gene Orza once said: “The Yankees and Red Sox can never like the other”. This is baseball’s answer to the Civil War, and the Ruth deal, lit the powderkeg.

  7. Bob Michaels says:

    Iv`e been a Yankee for 77 yrs. Top that

  8. Salty Buggah says:

    This is one of the stupidest articles I’ve read in a week (yes, some Yanks fans write some shitty articles…:coughlombardicough:)

    I’ll pick out some quotes that I think show why this is stupid…


    “But is Austin Jackson wasted trade bait?

    Yes, he certainly is.”

    (and yes, I know Bleacher Report does suck so I should ignore them anyway. I just saw the title and thought I would reas some dumb shit, and I was right)

  9. Salty Buggah says:

    Urban Meyer is stepping down as HC of Gators due to health reasons?


  10. Corey says:

    Why doesn’t CC just play LF?

  11. John NY says:

    How long is it until pitchers and catchers report?

  12. I read something cool about Babe Ruth today. In 1916, he pitched over 320 innings for the Red Sox, and he didn’t allow a single home run. In the World Series against Brooklyn, the third batter of game 2, took him deep.

  13. Bonos says:

    Oakland has cornered the market on average offense, good defense OFs Davis, Hairston, Cunningham even Taylor and just signed Crisp. Anyone think that possibly there might be a trade there, instead of tired old men. Just as a change of pace.

    • whozat says:

      Scott Hairston is 30. Those other guys are cheap (so Billy will want an actual return), and unlikely to out-produce a guy like, say Reed Johnson.

      So…why would trading for them make any sense at all? I mean, Billy just signed Coco Crisp to push one of them out of his lineup.

    • Speaking of the A’s OF, I’ll be interested to see what happens with Rajai Davis this year. Was ’09 who he really was?

      • whozat says:

        pretty unlikely. I mean…it’s a bit of an outlier. .366 BABiP, and his flyball rate went up a lot. So he got a lot of flyballs to drop in for hits, it seems. Doesn’t look sustainable to me, not from a guy with his skillset.

  14. Tom Zig says:

    Anyone watch The Wire?

    Which in your opinion was the best season?

    • dkidd says:

      i think most people would say season 3 (why american drug policy sucks)

      i like season 4 (why american educational policy sucks) the best

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE's Glenn Beck Complex says:

      Yup. Definitely season 4. The only one I thought was good, but not great was Season 2. The ports angle didn’t really thrill me. It’s best to start sequentially, though. Do it marathon-style, TZ. You won’t be disappointed.

      • dkidd says:

        if you haven’t already, try watching season 2 again. the first time i watched it, i was so annoyed by ziggy (and so thrown by the sudden preponderance of white people) that i didn’t appreciate how good it was

      • Tom Zig says:

        I’ve seen all 5 seasons, but never all in one sitting. That would be epic. I think i may just do that one day.

        Season 2, not great, but not bad either. I actually thought I was going to hate it and wound up not minding it.

        Definitely disappointed by the last episode.

  15. Dela G says:

    very glad my rockets were able to win against the nets

    i would’ve had a heart attack had they lost

  16. Holy shit, I didnt’ realize they were playing this game at Pac Bell Park.

  17. aj says:

    Im sure a lot of people in 1918 were complaining why’d we buy him he’s out of shape! He played for the Red Sox I don’t want him!

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